We all saw the colossal success of Avengers: Endgame coming, didn’t we? Maybe how fast it has succeeded took us by surprise, but we all knew a huge blockbuster was coming..so imagine our glee when we scored the exclusive international premiere of Avengers: Invincible, the only official and licensed Avengers: Endgame Marvel art release!
Alex Ross’s Avengers: Invincible has been a piece that collectors have been clamoring for for years. There’s a reason, beyond the characters represented, that the art appeals to Marvel fans on both a visceral and artistic level. In his composition, Alex Ross uses light to move the eye from one side of the image to the other, creating a sort of visual heroism, especially as they are all turned in one direction, facing their future together. The colors he uses, too, are calming: bright without being frenetic, complimentary to each other that creates a subliminal message of teamwork.
The Avengers: Invincible Larger than Life is big enough to be the one dramatic image in anyone’s collection, especially if they are superhero fans, but also this kind of art brings whole families together to smile, geek out, argue who is the best/worst/strongest, as Marvel fans of all ages are inclined to do…(obviously, it’s T’Challa/Black Panther..says the girl with a cat named after him)
People who are new to all things Marvel as of the films remember the time when most of us only knew the names of a few Marvel superheroes, and only from our comic-book loving friends. Kevin Feige has changed that forever, I’d say. Avengers: Invincible features Quicksilver, Thor, Wasp, Hercules, Giant Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Hawkeye, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Iron Man. These characters are becoming household names, along with the actors that play them. How cool that we can have an artistic, authentically comic-book-based image that celebrates them? Museums are buying up originals by Alex Ross for their collections, along with other famous comic book artists that celebrate pop culture, and it’s high time!
There are only 25 in the edition. We love that. It means true fans will wind up with this image. Come by the gallery if you live in the area, so you can see this piece in person. Or you can trust us when we say it’s evocative in a way that will keep on giving to Marvel fans as it sits on the wall looking heroic.
Stay tuned for the next big release we get an exclusive on, it makes us happy to bring these pop culture images into your lives to bring a smile to your days!
Movie Lovers Gift Guide from Film Art Gallery ArtInsights Offers Film Fans
Art Celebrating Cinematic Anniversaries and Releases
All By Official Studio Artists
Reston, VA -You’ve seen “alternative posters” and “minimalist posters”, but what about art by the folks who actually helped you fall in love with the movies in the first place? Somebody has to champion them, and that would be you and us! That’s right! A movie lovers gift guide that is all art by the folks who make movies and promote them! Artinsights certainly has perfectly timed for what’s happening in pop culture this holiday season, all with art that is not only officially licensed, but created by studio artists.Steamboat Willie has its 90th anniversary on November 18th, and Yellow Submarine turns 50 on November 13th.Both Disney and Warner Bros. have highly-anticipated tentpole films releasing in December, with Mary Poppins Returns landing in theaters December 19th, and Aquaman swimming to screens on December 14th.ArtInsights Gallery has art representing all these properties, makingholiday gift giving easy for the loved ones of fans who search in vain every year for something special and unusual to make the season bright.Prices range from $150 to a king’s ransom, with several highlighted pieces in the lower range to keep budgets in mind.
Fans of Mickey Mouse and the Beatles have been celebrating all year. Yellow Submarine returned to theaters this summer, and there’s a new graphic novel release of the story.Disney is having what they’re calling the “world’s biggest mouse party”, and have a new exhibit in New York called “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition”.ArtInsights is ready for those with friends and family who are fans, with official art by Alex Ross featuring the Beatles called “The Fab Four “ in a limited edition mini canvas for $150.
Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie reminds Disneyphiles where it all began.For them, the gallery suggests one of two limited editions by highly-collectible Disney artist Tim Rogerson, one a giclee on canvas featuring Mickey through the years called “Mickey’s Creative Journey” priced at $150, the other a hand-signed giclee on paper capturing the character in a grey-toned piece called “Mickey at the Helm” for $350.
Mary Poppins, starring Emily Blunt, directed by Rob Marshall, promises to be a huge hit, especially with fans of the Oscar-winning 1964 classic.The gallery has a limited edition signed by Tim Rogerson called “A Mary Tune”,that shows Mary and her cohorts painted against the sheet music for Feed the Birds, written by the Sherman Brothers, who won an Oscar and Grammy for Mary Poppins. It is priced at $495.Also offered, for the fans who have everything, is art by matte background painter Peter Ellenshaw, who, indeed won an Oscar for his work on the film. “Practically Perfect”, which is signed by Ellenshaw, who passed away in 2007, is $1100, and would be a highlight of any Disney film fan’s collection.
For Aquaman, the gallery has an image created by famed DC and Justice League Unlimited animation director Bruce Timm, which includes not only Aquaman, but many of the members of the Justice League, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman, all of whom have been making news in live action studio news this year, called “Guardians of Justice”. Also suggested is a giclee on canvas by DC comic book cover artist Alex Ross that features Aquaman with the lead members of the Justice League called “JLA”.Both retail for $150.
There are a number of other pieces corresponding to film art news, including art from Pinocchio, which was recently announced as a property Guillermo Del Toro will reinterpret with a new stop-motion film. Whether purists strictly stick with the original Harry Potter series, or love the newest releases written by Rowling, art from the Harry Potter book and film series is alway popular, and coincides withFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.Many are created by Stuart Craig, the production designer for all the Harry Potter movies as well as the new Fantastic Beast series.
There are a number of images by Star Wars production artists, including the limited edition “The Cold of Hoth” by John Alvin, an exclusive giclee on paper for $150 from everyone’s favorite film in the saga, as well as images representing DC and Marvel characters.Of course, there is a veritable parade of Disney princesses represented in art, which is perfectly timed with the release of Ralph Breaks The Internet, in which the Disney princesses figure prominently, (including the use of the voices from the original feature films!)You can find all these options on the gallery’s new blog.See the bottom of the press release for links or contact the gallery for more information. Images of available art sent immediately upon request.
Since 1994, representing a wide range of film and animation art at the gallery in Reston Town Center, ArtInsights focuses on proprietary projects and artist representation relating to the history of animation and film, and the celebration and examination of popular culture, all by artists working in the film industry. With artists like iconic movie poster artist John Alvin, studio concept artists William Silvers and Jim Salvati, and Marvel and DC cover artists Alex Ross, the gallery builds collections of original and limited edition art for their growing worldwide collector base. See the work and read the blog onHYPERLINK “http://www.artinsights.com” www.artinsights.com. For more information about ArtInsights’ 2018 gift guide, go to https://artinsights.com/the-artinsights-2018-gift-guide-celebrates-film-anniversaries-and-new-releases/
It’s getting down to the last minute for getting Christmas presents and holiday gifts! We thought we’d help the folks out there who are still struggling to find something wonderful, and suggest film art.Disney art and Marvel superhero art, just to name two, make crowd pleasing, inventive gifts for family and friends who love movies.Our experience in the gallery is it can be the sort of art people don’t buy themselves, but love and enjoy, and would be so happy to get as a gift! We have so many visitors who frequent our store and know all about the movies, and come by just to see what’s new.They respect and look up to the artists that are represented here.I’m also so excited when someone close to them comes in and gets them a piece.It’s always so well received!
With that in mind, here are a few pieces that are ready to display and are $150 or under:
How many of my longterm clients know that the mice and birds in Cinderella are some of my all-time favorites? I’m not alone. John Rowe does a great composition of them and the star of the film, Cinderella’s castle…ummm, I mean, Cinderella.
Oh that haughty iris is such a great character. There are so many minor characters that are memorable in Alice in Wonderland. Here are just a few of them, created in a great Disney fine art piece by Michelle St. Laurent:
What a wonderful piece this Dig A Little Deeper is! Heather Theurer has gotten lots of press for her live action reinterpretations of Disney princesses. Here is her version of the first African-American Disney princess:
Did you love Moana? Of course you did. This is one of the best scenes in the whole movie, captured in Disney fine art by Rob Kaz.
You’d be surprised at the number of adult fans this pixie dream girl has. She should be the original “not bad, just drawn that way”, but regardless, many a fan would love to have this sometimes-sweet fairy.
And what about Star Wars: The Last Jedi? You loved it? You hated it? Either way, you’re probably a fan of the saga, and so is that loved-one. Here’s a sold-out Star Wars limited edition of BB8 the Astromech droid by Steve Thomas that no one will argue about. The best of the new Star Wars characters captured in official Star Wars film art!
Maybe that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member is a fan of Marvel. If everyone didn’t love Thor and company before Ragnarok, they do now! We have framed special-release posters from San Diego Comic-Con of both Ragnarok and Black Panther that will be a great gift and tickle their fancy. We also have a sold out Captain America limited edition and a great New Avengers piece…
OMG! You can get Thor, Cap, and Iron Man by Alex Ross for your Marvel-obsessed loved-one! Can there be a better gift? No. The answer is no.
Alex Ross has become the #1 collected artist in comics.His style changed the world of comic book art, and he brought an illustrative, more Norman Rockwell style, with realistic, hyper-realistic depictions of superheroes as real-life humans, albeit with way more muscles.As a gallery that specializes in pop culture, we have carried the work of Alex Ross for over 20 years…Now, his agents have finally started making videos where Alex himself talks about his work and inspiration.I thought i’d talk about some of my experience selling his work, and post some of the videos here:
He talks about his realism in art here:
As great as Alex Ross’s work is, he wouldn’t be nearly as famous in terms of art collecting had it not been for the Warner Bros stores.They got behind his work and promoted it as real art as well as a collectible.His images were some of the crowning glories in the stores, always put in a place of prominence. His new limited editions were released to increasingly committed fans who were quickly becoming completist collectors.
I had my own taste of Alex’s enthusiastic fandom when ArtInsights was the first and only gallery to represent Alex Ross Art at a comic convention.We had a booth at New York Comic Con showing only The Art of Alex Ross.Alex’s representatives were kind enough to give us some great exclusive limited editions, and we also had full color and graphite originals.No other art gallery before or since has had that exclusive.
I had been working with what is now the head of the collections of Alex Ross limited editions for over 20 years at that point, and she knew me well, so she knew I would represent the art with integrity and honesty.The same agent had been in charge of the Warner Bros. stores before they went out of business, so she knew everything necessary to design and implement a fine art portfolio for Alex Ross.She’d been doing it for decades.
From the first day of the convention, we were swamped with convention attendees.Some of them were just fans in love with his work, but not interested in buying art.Others were avid collectors looking to buy the latest exclusive.We had a Doctor Strange, Captain America, and Batman exclusive signed lithograph that we sold out of the first day. Had there been any DC Comics original art of the Justice League, a concern in the far east would have bought every one of them.Alas, he has not been working on DC projects for some time, so there was no art for sale.Apparently this one group will buy absolutely anything, with almost unlimited funds.This is one reason why mere mortal collectors should look to graphites if they want something original of his art.
Many people wonder why Alex never comes to conventions.There’s an easy explanation for that, but I think fans and art collectors often don’t consider it.Alex still paints in the traditional way.For the most part, he is not creating inside a computer.He still uses brushes, models, and paint.That means that when other working artists can make adjustments by clicking on the mouse of their computer, Alex Ross would have to completely repaint the art.
He talks about physical painting and why he does it:
He is a traditional illustrator in a digital world, but he likes it that way.His idols are Norman Rockwell, Leyendecker, and the rest of the geniuses of twentieth century illustrative art.He was particularly influenced by Andrew Loomis, who was not only a great illustrator, but the author of instructional art books essential to the craft.
If you know the work of Norman Rockwell AND Alex Ross, you may recognize the strong influence and reference Alex Ross used from some of Rockwell’s works in Ross covers for Kingdom Come and Justice.Here is a video of Alex Ross talking about his inspiration for The Justice League paintings:
To my mind, when Alex Ross creates images like the Marvel Shadows and the DC Shadows series, he does his best work.I usually prefer his images of single characters.To my mind, we get to see shadows and light playing on the subject more distinctly, seeing more specific choices he’s making.
My favorite images to date, by far, are his images inspired by Universal Monsters.Created entirely in shades of grey, black and white, these pieces show the nuance with composition, shadow, and light only a great illustrator can express.There are times when Alex’s color art is so frenetic and intense, I have a hard time focusing.That’s not to say it isn’t compelling, I just think in Alex Ross’s Dracula, for example, or his Bride of Frankenstein, you almost feel like you could step into the painting and become part of the story.They are at once evocative of the films represented and seductive as unique illustrations, separate from the subject matter.Whether you know the stories or not, you are drawn to the tableaus he has laid out before you.
ALEX ROSS UNIVERSAL MONSTERS:
Not only are all the Universal Monsters officially licensed images, the folks at Alex Ross Art got permission and became officially connected with Bela Lugosi and even has the logo of his estate on the certificate of authenticity.Much to absolutely no surprise, his Universal Monsters giclees on canvas were the hit of San Diego Comic-Con.They outsold all the Marvel and DC images!
There were only 15 put aside as matching sets, and they are far less than if you buy them individually and we have #13 if anyone is interested in the whole set.
ALEX ROSS SPIDER-MAN:
We love Alex Ross Spider-Man art.Whenever we get the opportunity, we get whatever Alex Ross Art releases for our clients.Alex has loved Spider-Man his whole life, and actually his first memory of him is the live-action character on The Electric Company!
We have a piece called Rockomic and another very sold out one called Spider-Man Visions, plus the more recent Spider-Man: Marvels. My own memory of Spidey is from the Saturday Morning Cartoon, which was the best!It came on at 6:30 am and I got up especially to see it.
Am I the only one who really loves Aquaman?I mean, he’s not just some stupid character to be made fodder for jokes in Entourage! Whether he’s the blonde character I know from the Superfriends or Jason Mamoa, who nearly singlehandedly saved the new Justice League movie, I enjoy having him around to manipulate water, make jokes, and talk to fish… Apparently, Alex loves him, too.
If you’re a fan of Captain America (which I am!) and Iron Man, here’s Alex talking about what he enjoys about creating images of these superheroes. And you can find some great Captain America art HERE.
One of the latest releases from Alex Ross is of Wonder Woman, and it’s called “Wonder Woman: Goddess of Truth”. After the image was posted on the Alex Ross twitter feed, Patty Jenkins saw it and fell in love with it and sent Alex a note saying how beautiful it was.The best aspect of Alex Ross’s Wonder Women: Goddess of Truth is how perfectly it translates into giclee.
Giclees are basically a very high-quality ink-jet printer.Instead of only 4 different inks, there are many different ones that spray microscopic drops of paint that read the original within a millionth of a difference in color.This original watercolor gets translated so perfectly, it really looks like the original.Actually, I call it “Colors of the Wind” Wonder Woman, and we only have APs. For obvious reasons it was very popular when it was released and sold out immediately.This image is my very favorite superhero portrait he’s ever done.
I’ll leave you all with videos of Alex talking about his career and sharing advice to artists:
and for those artists out there, find inspiration here and wherever you go.If Alex can do it, so can you.Make a plan, and stick to it.Work hard, and stay positive.For the rest of us, we can be the vital ones who support these visual artists by hanging their art on our walls!
ArtInsights is back and our collective feet are back to normal after a crazy four days at New York Comic-Con officially partnering with the Art of Alex Ross.I’m sure you friends and collectors are curious how it went, aren’t you? (well, some of you actually said you were 🙂 )
We and the folks at Alex Ross Art brought and shipped lots and lots of art, including, for the first time, original paintings and drawings offered by anyone outside Alex’s agents.For us this was a big deal!We had some gorgeous Spider-Man art, and some truly lovely drawings we were very excited about.We also had the exclusive signed lithographs that featured three great images of Cap, Batman, and Doctor Strange.
Wednesday was the day we had for setting up the booth, which was ordered custom from a convention company so that it wasn’t just grid walls, which I think don’t speak to the class and quality of the art being displayed. The head honcho (HH) at Alex Ross Art suggested white carpet, (WHITE CARPET?!) which he said would make the space look bigger…which, in fact, it did! We just needed to be armed with lots of spot cleaner.Lots of it. A vice president at Alex Ross Art (VP) who was always close by in case longtime collectors of originals stopped by or we had questions, had suggested we really needed a big banner above the space.This is the one and only time i’ll complain about how much more expensive New York is than San Diego: Just putting up the banner costs way over a thousand dollars.I think it took two guys about 20 minutes to put it up, and 20 minutes to take it down.I support unions and always have, but we’re small business over here.Work with us, people!!Regardless of that, VP was 100% correct in needing the sign, because it was a beacon. You could see it from all over the floor, and even better, both he and HH said we needed spotlights.I thought they meant for the art.NO!FOR THE BANNER!We were right next to Midtown Comics, and they had a banner without a spotlight on it.What a difference.It pretty much glowed 🙂
What took the longest on Wednesday was Michael (MB) methodically putting security hangers on the valuable art, and the art being displayed on the outside walls of our booth.Those pieces were brilliantly placed, because you could see them from across the hall.One side had all Beatles, and the other side had four pieces from the Shadows collection, which has a gorgeous Wonder Woman.The security hangers worked.Halfway through the con someone tried to steal her, which I could tell by the certain way the wall was shaking.I calmly peeked around and saw a guy trying to wrestle her off the wall.Wonder Woman was having none of it.HURRAY FOR SECURITY HANGERS!After hanging and dressing the booth, we left late Wednesday night and went out to a local Italian restaurant around the corner from our hotel.
We thought Thursday was going to be the slow day, since it hadn’t sold out in single tickets until the last few days before the con.We were SO WRONG.It was nuts.In retrospect that makes sense, because lots of people with 4 day passes came to our booth first to stake their claim on the art they wanted.We almost completely sold out of the Batman signed edition, and about half of the limited editions we had brought, which were all highly sought-after #1s in the editions.It took us most of the day to get more organized, and one of my friends who came to help us, who was an organization savant (OS), somehow made the space look great and run like a well oiled machine by the second day.Another friend, who is the ultimate Southern gentleman (SG), was out greeting fans and handing out brochures about Alex’s work.By the second day, everyone knew every piece and could speak fluently about his career and which pieces were best for which collectors.
I had to learn the hard way that people from around New York expect to negotiate (I don’t negotiate, generally) so after only a few people tried to get discounts, I steeled myself for some people to walk away in a huff, which only one person did.
We had several friends helping us, and gratefully we were staying within walking distance.To anyone who will ever work the NYCC in the future, i’d say this is essential.There were so many people in our booth and so much action, we actually got “Con-brain”, which is a phenomenon I believe could be researched that is the result of a brain too stimulated to continue functioning properly.Normally this only happens from walking around a convention floor with the mass of people in cosplay whilst being assaulted and surrounded by thousands of sounds and sights.I guess if enough people come into your booth, after 5 or 6 hours, “Con-brain” may have to be factored into how you operate.
For example, you have to make sure you don’t put your phone or wallet down while shopping for food or ordering dinner somewhere.
We mostly just went back to our hotel and hung out together and I made dinner for our crew and we ate together at the hotel.The last thing any of us wanted to do was be around people are walk on our very confused and swollen feet!I brought a bunch of great wine and we had some fun before going to bed early every night.This meant visiting a great little neighborhood store I liked to call “the grocery labyrinth” that was like walking through the maze in The Shining.
Right here is where i’ll say the Alex Ross fans are the best.That’s saying something, since I am involved with art from a variety of fandoms.Star Wars, Harry Potter, and as many fandoms as there are movies from the Disney studios, and then some, including character specific fandoms for Mickey Mouse, Scooby-Doo, and Bugs Bunny. It is a bit of apples and oranges, because in the case of Alex Ross, the fans are responding to an artist instead of a property.Having fans get excited about an production artist working in popular culture was like catnip! I overheard a number of people as they brought friends and family to the booth to introduce them to their favorite artist, or the artist that inspired them to draw, or the artist of their favorite comic book.I’ve been told so many times to read Kingdom Come and Crisis on Infinite Earths I actually had to promise to do so!
For those of you curious, the people who come to NYCC have much better hygiene.Every day the attendees smelled fresh and delightful.
We had a bunch of expressions that took a life of their own through the weekend.Two of my favorites were:
“Jack! I’ll love you forever!” = a guy we met who bought some art with his equally awesome mom went and stood in line for what must have been at least half an hour just to get me a Diet Coke.
“I am not Alex Ross.” = Michael, who was processing the purchases, was mistaken for Alex Ross all weekend.They look nothing alike, but Alex so rarely goes to conventions, they just assumed it was him.We think we should get t-shirts made saying “I’m not Alex Ross” printed on them.
“Alex is a traditional illustrator in a digital world.” = this was the answer as to why Alex doesn’t do conventions anymore.It’s actually true, in that he still has to make deadlines creating hand-drawn art.For the most part, he can’t click corrections…So he spends most of his waking hours every day painting. Surprisingly, people actually understood!
All in all, we did really well and were very pleased with our success.We got back to the Washington area at 4 am, dropped off all the original art at the gallery, and got to bed after having dinner at a time when most people were getting up for work.
We still have some original art and limited editions at the gallery, for those of you who want to visit.We pulled some exclusives so that our own longtime clients would have a chance to buy something, and we also were lucky enough to be given a collection of cover art and graphite concepts we are allowed to sell.Huzzah!
Stay tuned for what we might do next with both the art of Alex Ross and other artists and art we find exciting. Thanks again for all those who supported us at the con, our new collectors, and especially OS and SG, who came with us and helped.You all did the near impossible, you made working NYCC fun!
We are really excited to be partnering with Alex Ross Art at New York Comic-Con! We’ll be there at booth 2328 from October 6th to Sunday the 9th.If you have tickets, come see us.If you don’t, they still have tickets for Thursday HERE. The rest of the weekend is sold out.We posted about our exclusives HERE.We also have two new pieces being premiered there, which include the wonderful GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY image which you can read all about and order HERE. …and there’s the exclusive premiere of CRISIS!
An image fans have been begging for for years, and we’re happy to bring it to you at NYCC!! The information on that is HERE. Watch this blog, the front page of our website, and our Facebook page for the big reveal!
It was very exciting to be part of the decision of what the pieces would be, given the fact that having an exclusive at New York Comic-Con is such a big deal, but the folks at Alex Ross Art really wanted us to be a part of it all.The Guardians of the Galaxy art being premiered is representative of one of my very favorite Marvel movies, and is the first time a production artist and production art of that series is being recreated as a limited edition.The Crisis image is a HUGE deal to DC fans, so we are psyched! I want it myself <3
We are offering up the two exclusives at only one hour past the release at NYCC, so those of you who can’t make it or hate crowds or live far away can take advantage of the release and get a great low number if you go online on Thursday at 11:00 Eastern Standard Time.We’ll take the orders as they come in, so as soon as you buy, we set the lowest number aside 🙂
They also gave us #1 in almost every edition they have created to date, which is wonderful for fans who love to get that special number.It is usually kept in the archives but they really wanted to make a big splash at this convention, so they pulled out all the stops.So glad we will be there as part of the fun!
PERSONAL NOTES ON THE ART:
As to the exclusives, I’ll tell you why I was particularly pleased with being able to have the images we’ll have in particular.The Captain America image is super dramatic and as friends of mine know, he and Thor are my favorite Marvel characters, and always have been.The Batman piece is great because, as silly as this sounds, I love when Batman actually looks like a bat, because bats, along with hummingbirds, are my favorite creatures in all the world.
The Doctor Strange, although it has the smallest edition size, is my favorite of the three exclusives, because i’m really excited for the new movie and love all the trippy aspects of his storyline and the continuing journey from dark to light and back his character takes….and Benedict Cumberbatch.
I had to do research about Stephen Strange as part of representing the art and WOAH.He has a seriously dark past with lots of loss.I’m very intrigued to see the movie!The character is very different from any others up till now, and there’s a spiritual element along with the archetypal Joseph Campbell-type stuff in it that makes me such a Star Wars fan.
We’ll be gone while we’re in NYC and the gallery will be closed for those days, but you all can email me with questions or concerns, or to see if we’ll have any of the exclusives left.
Wish us luck, and the right kind of Con-craziness!
Lots has been happening in the world of the superhero, and now is the perfect time to update fans of superhero art! Have you seen Captain America: Civil War yet? Well, surprisingly timely is the roll-out of the new Alex Ross art collection, and it’s just getting started.We are happy to be part of their team of galleries, and one of only three with the first assortment actually physically in the gallery, so you can get your eyes on the art.
You may be wondering what all the fuss is about, since Alex Ross art has been available to fans since the days of the Warner Brothers stores.Don’t worry, I’m here to explain it to you.
Those of you who have been following the career of Alex Ross, who of late has had exhibits in the likes of the Warhol and Rockwell museums, and has been placed in national museums around the world, know that Ross has been one of the very few comic book and pop culture illustrators to help break that art into the “real art” world.This is actually a big deal, especially for those who believe the work by the creators of comic books deserve artistic recognition like me.
The story behind how Ross and his own team started a new art program is pretty innocuous. Apparently he just wanted control of his own artistic destiny, and they figured now is the time.
The company that first sold his art was Clampett Studio, which is run by people who basically made him famous through his exposure in the Warner Brothers stores. In fact, Clampett Studio, and the artists they represent, should absolutely be on your radar and here’s why: Clampett Studio, which is run by Ruth Clampett, the daughter of famed Warner Brothers animator Bob Clampett, is the one company that sells art of the comic books, cartoons, and film that only sells art created by artists who actually work on the movies.THEY ARE THE ONLY ONE.and what’s more, they support the artists.Once someone works with them, they never look back.If you love the art of Alex Ross, you partially have Ruth Clampett and those who work with her to thank.
As i mentioned, she still has art by Alex Ross available, but those signed by him are selling out fast.We can access and sell you anything on her website, and I urge you to support her artists and collections.Jim Lee is still part of her assortment, for example, as is all the OFFICIAL art of Harry Potter.You can dive into the Alex Ross works available HERE.
For all the assortments on Clampett Studio, go HERE.
So, back to this new Alex Ross collection….they decided to take the reigns back and start their own art program. Normally, Warner Brothers wouldn’t let an artist make a decision like that, but this is Alex Ross. Now that they’ve taken the art program in-house, and with a big splash in Los Vegas with a release of Beatles art, they are forging forward.
The person in charge of their art program is an old friend, and I am absolutely 100% behind her and the Alex Ross Art program, because she always knows how to build a great collection, limit releases, and consider the collector. She is a fan, and a fan who knows the business is the best person in the world to create a lasting collection of art.
Now might be a good time for full disclosure. I haven’t always loved all of Ross’s work.I think some of it looks very frenetic, and too full of color.Yet, somehow, the new work has a calmness, a grace to it, that rises above much of the art i’ve seen before.For example, limiting the color palate in this collection of four images and making them a series that visually complements each other was brilliant.Also, the painting of Wonder Woman is, to my mind, one of the best pieces he’s ever done.The crazy thing is, it’s in an edition of only 50.I assume it’s because they want their first pieces to blow through and succeed with a sell out.YES!
What does all this mean for you?It means great art, well curated, considered, and controlled.The first release was impressive onscreen, but when it came in, I was gobsmacked. ESPECIALLY the Wonder Woman and the Captain America v Iron Man.If you’re in the area, come in and see the art.Also, I forgot to mention there are several pieces that are only $150, and on canvas, representing both DC and Marvel.I am sorely tempted to buy some of it myself!
Lastly, although it’s likely you won’t have access, we WILL be getting some originals by Alex to sell.While you can get art directly from his company, they will be releasing special production graphites that won’t be available through them that you can get from the galleries.Not only is this a great sign they are committed to the galleries, it also means we can get wonderful original art for his fans!
I hope you’ll come by if you live in the area, but if you don’t, I still hope you’ll peruse the art on Clampett Studios, and on our own site created by Alex Ross and buy from us.The museum exhibits coming up and the work he’s doing with both Marvel and DC speak to Ross’s expanding fame and success, and if you love comic books, his work is a great way to bring it into your home and celebrate your love of all things superhero! Also, he is one of the only artists who can create the art of the Beatles. Here’s the piece that’s both a limited edition, and very inexpensive:
In deciding to have a Batman v Superman art show with the official art of DC, several things were at play. As Cinema Siren, the film critic, I am inundated with press info and notes and EPK (electronic press kit) about the upcoming movie, which is being released late March (as many fans know!), but I also have a pretty longstanding history with Zack Snyder, because I interviewed him years ago, went for a nature walk with him, and talked Joseph Campbell, womanpower, and the love of classic movies with him. This was way before he got tapped to do any superhero movies, and I can tell you, whatever you opinion of him as a director, as a guy, he’s pretty down to earth and quite fabulous. So while I have to watch the movie with an unjaundiced and unbiased eye, I can promote the theory of all things Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman all I want, because like they say about parties and crying, it’s my gallery and i’ll pimp DC if I want to!
It’s been a while since Warner Brothers gave over the rights to selling their DC images to my friend Ruth. She used to work for them directly, helped start up and run the Warner Brothers stores, and then for all the galleries around the world became the one and only source for the official art of DC.
What I’ve always loved about Ruth and Clampett Studio Collections is Ruth has always felt strongly about keeping the artists representing DC, along with any other WB properties she represents, as artists who actually have a hand in the making of the shows and movies. As such, the art of Jim Lee was essential to the collection.
Jim Lee is a Korean American comic book artist, writer, editor, and publisher. He started out his adult career plans with begrudgingly working towards becoming a medical doctor at Princeton, as his family wished, but he had always loved comics. His high school classmates even predicted in his senior yearbook he would found his own comic book company.
During college he took an art class and started reading comics again, and that got him excited enough he committed himself to one year’s try at being a professional comic book artist. When Archie Goodwin of Marvel invited him to work for them, he embarked on a career that led to multiple awards, building an enthusiastic and loyal fanbase, starting his own comic imprint, and ultimately becoming the co-publisher of DC. He is in the Guinness World Records for creating the best-selling comic book of all time.
In my research for writing about Jim Lee, I discovered he has had nine children with his wife Carla. How on Goddess’s green earth does he have any time to do anything? I have to say one of the most impressive things about Jim, given the many balls he has in the air at any given moment, is that when fans are talking to him, they really feel he’s listening and paying attention to them. He’s always been one of the best artists to meet at any con for that reason and because he seems to embody the joy of being an artist in every inch of his being. He is also an inspiration to anyone who wants to be a successful artist, because as an artist he worked his way up to being at the top of one of the biggest comic book companies in the world.
There are some very choice limited editions available signed by Jim Lee in our show. I would never have an exhibit and sale of DC art without his work.
Here are some of my favorites:
BATMAN OVER SAN PROSPERO:
This piece was inspired by the Modena landscape in Italy, a country that is dear to Jim’s heart. He spends time there every year. This image was featured in “Jim Lee Millennium Edition,” a compilation of images from Jim Lee’s career.
This image was used for a cover to the Superman Adventures series. I love Superman. I think you’re either a lover or a hater. I just found out recently that Superman didn’t start out flying. It was only later that they wrote in that he could, even though now it’s one of his most recognizable powers.
There was a great interview with the writer of a book called “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero” and I learned lots about the character that someone who doesn’t read every comic would find fascinating. I also didn’t know he was originally “The Man of Tomorrow”…so I guess this art comes by its title honestly!
Also, the really great editor at DC who has lots to do with what happens to and with Superman, Mike Carlin, recommends SUPERMAN LIVES, an audio CD. BUY IT THIS SECOND! (and you can buy some of our art as well, but yes. Superman on CD? OH YESSS!)
KISSING THE NIGHT:
This is a great piece to me because when I met and hung out with Jim, he drew me a great little Catwoman, where she is holding a Batman toy and saying MEOW. I thought this piece was super hot, and love the color of it, and the composition. I also love that it’s on t-shirts and mugs and such, and yet it’s actually possible to have a limited edition of it signed by Jim Lee, and they never add any numbers to a sold-out edition, so the fact that it’s $425 and there are only 250 of them is a bit mind boggling to an art gallery geek like me. The image appeared first in the Batman comic “In the Mouth of Madness.”
Last but not least of my favorites, this giclee on canvas has only 100 pieces, and it’s so badass of all the art by Jim Lee i’d want this one. For better or worse, my eyes go immediately to Wonder Woman and stay there. I love that she looks without question that she can hold her own with the other two heroes, although I haven’t read the Trinity series…This piece was the cornerstone of our show, because it so captures the anticipation of the Batman v Superman feature film coming soon to theaters.
While I prefer Wonder Woman from the World War II era, I’ll make an exception for Jim’s work. For more information and the history of Wonder Woman CLICK HERE.
We hope to see you at ArtInsights you soon so we can geek out together about these superheroes, or so you can correct one or all of us about something they did, said, or wore 😉